Champions! Chelsea's route to Premier League glory throughout the season

Champions! Chelsea's route to Premier League glory throughout the season

Champions! Chelsea's route to Premier League glory throughout the season

13-05-2017, 08:28

Congratulations, Chelsea! Antonio Conte's men have bounced back in style this season, finishing ahead of the pack a year on from ending 2015-16 in tenth.

Conte's switch to three at the back following a 3-0 humbling at Arsenal in September helped inspire a change in fortunes and from there, the Blues didn't look back. 

Here, bloggers from the rest of the Premier League look at how the title was won, reflecting on their side's home and away clashes against the newly crowned champions.


Home: Tottenham ended the Blues' 13-match winning run in the Premier League and moved seven points behind the leaders after two very similar goals, with Christian Eriksen crossing from the right side for Dele Alli in a 2-0 win.

Away:  Spurs were on top for the first 30 minutes and Eriksen gave them a deserved lead, but an injury-hit defence was then exposed as Pedro and Victor Moses struck either side of the break to win 2-1. -- Ben Pearce


Home: The game containing the moment that turned the title race, as Kevin De Bruyne somehow managed to hit the bar from three yards out with City 1-0 up and totally dominating a Chelsea side that managed to ride the storm and prevail 3-1.

Away:  A miserable 2-1 defeat snatched from the jaws of a positive result, meaning Chelsea became the first side ever to do the double over a Pep Guardiola team. -- Simon Curtis


Home: The Reds were in a bad run of form when this game took place and they looked to be in trouble when David Luiz gave Chelsea the lead with a brilliant free kick, but Jurgen Klopp's men battled back and equalised through a Georginio Wijnaldum header. 

Away:  Dejan Lovren scored early and Jordan Henderson's 30-yard curler doubled Liverpool's lead and although Diego Costa pulled one back with half an hour to go, Liverpool won 2-1 fairly comfortably. -- Dave Usher


Home: Jose Mourinho got his tactics perfect against his former club, with United easily winning 2-0 and preventing Chelsea from registering a shot on target for the first time in a decade.

Away: Individual errors cost United badly as they were totally outplayed by Chelsea, who well worthy of their 4-0 victory. Chris Smalling may blame his broken toe for that horror show, though. -- Scott Patterson


Home:  Even Arsenal's best performance of the season was self-defeating: such was the emphatic nature of the 3-0 win in September, with the lead established by half-time, Chelsea ripped up their plans and changed to the 3-4-2-1 formation which kept the second half goalless and then catapulted them to the title. Oh well.

Away:  The payback came in February when Arsenal's weaknesses were exposed in a 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge which saw Eden Hazard decorate the game with a wonder goal -- it was a limp performance which summed up Arsenal's problems as they slipped down the table, another surrender to an alleged title rival. -- Tom Adams


Home: Competitive but limited Everton resistance ended once Pedro put Chelsea ahead after 66 minutes, and the visitors' extra quality told in the closing stages as they ran out 3-0 winners.

Away:  Misjudged attempt to match Chelsea's three-man defence saw Everton taken apart and beaten 5-0 by a home team beginning to find their form under Conte. -- Luke O'Farrell


Home: It looked like West Brom might spoil the Chelsea title party until Antonio Conte made an unusual move to bring off Hazard and Pedro. But the substitutions worked and the Baggies failed to stop Michy Batshuayi from scoring off the bench.

Away: West Brom fared relatively well at Stamford Bridge, frustrating Chelsea and only going down 1-0 after a Gareth McAuley error allowed the clinical Costa to finish superbly.  -- Matthew Evans


Home: Leicester were exposed without their African Nations Cup stars as a Marcus Alonso brace helped send Chelsea seven clear at the top following a 3-0 win.

Away: Man of the match N'Golo Kante inspired Chelsea to a comfortable 3-0 win in his first appearance against his former club, underlining just how pivotal he was to the Foxes in their own title-winning season. -- Ben Jacobs


Home: The Cherries put up a strong fight and even had most of the possession, but Conte's team had too much quality in the final third and eventually powered to a 3-1 victory.

Away: Eddie Howe's side enjoyed lots of the ball and had seven shots but they just couldn't find the back of the net at Stamford Bridge against a quality Chelsea team, who went on to win 3-0. -- Will Kent


Home: A recurrence of the away fixture as Chelsea bossed at the London Stadium until a late Manuel Lanzini made the game look like another close 2-1 encounter.

Away: First game of the season and West Ham lost 2-1 at Stamford Bridge; the result flattering the Hammers as the home side dominated. -- Peter Thorne


Home: Saints started the game well but could not handle man of the match Hazard, who scored one goal and made another for Costa as Chelsea began their relentless march towards the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 win, moving to withing a point of then-leaders Manchester City.

Away:  Claude Puel's side were far from disgraced and pushed Chelsea all the way in the first half but were outclassed 4-2 in the end. -- Alex Crook


Home: A noble effort against an Hazardless-Blues who, for all the home side's efforts to contain and frustrate them, managed to grab a late winner to prevail 2-1.

Away: The Potters more than played their part in a six-goal thriller but were ultimately undone by their hosts' quality which shone through to secure a 4-2 scoreline that arguably flattered them. -- James Whittaker


Home: The Clarets claimed a hard-fought 1-1 draw in February, with Robbie Brady's superb free kick cancelling out Pedro's early opener.

Away:  Chelsea looked like potential champions when they beat Burnley 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in August, with Sean Dyche's side entirely dominated in a very one-sided game. -- Jamie Smith


Home: Two Chelsea goals in the last nine minutes deprived Watford of a memorable win back in August, and while the late show was a sign Conte's Blues were a vast improvement on the class of 15-16, it certainly wasn't obvious they would go on to dominate the Premier League in such impressive fashion. 

Away: The new champions of England will get a guard of honour at Stamford Bridge this Monday to celebrate their title win. -- Mike Parkin


Home: Chelsea were arguably one of the best sides to visit Selhurst Park this season. Brilliantly organised and ruthlessly clinical, the 1-0 scoreline didn't really reflect their dominance.

Away:  Palace were the surprise 2-1 victors in a game that Chelsea initially took the lead in. Goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke secured the three points, despite Chelsea having numerous chances to score. -- Rob Sutherland


Home: Swansea chalked a minor upset by managing to draw 2-2 with a Chelsea side that outshot them 28-6 on the day, and might even have taken all three points were it not for a late Costa equaliser in the 81st minute.

Away:  An uninspired Swansea team performance and a rare off-day for talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson -- who somehow still notched an assist despite struggling all game -- saw Chelsea comfortably stroll their way to a 3-1 win with a masterclass in one-touch passing. -- Max Hicks


Home: Chelsea arrived in East Yorkshire in a flat mood and for an hour Hull City appeared capable of heightening their visitors' troubles -- but then came Willian and Costa's decisive goals inside eight second half minutes as the Blues won 2-0.

Away: A game remembered for the horrific head injury suffered by Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason saw Chelsea made to work for a 2-0 win eventually sealed by goals from Costa and Gary Cahill. -- Phil Buckingham


Home: Boro put up a decent fight at the Riverside but Costa's first half goal marked the difference back in November.

Away: Relegation was sealed for Boro under the lights at Stamford Bridge as they were outclassed 3-0 by a Chelsea side on the verge of winning the title. -- Catherine Wilson


Home: Sunderland's commendable spirit was denied by Cesc Fabregas' classy finish, a winner that gave Chelsea a 10th successive victory which was secured at the end when Thibaut Courtois saved magnificently from Patrick van Aanholt.

Away: It will be party time at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea end their league season against the league's bottom club, who will be hoping to return to the top flight in 2017-18. -- Colin Randall

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